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Letter: Fare thee well, Fufeng project

When a company the likes of General Atomics comes out and states something is bad for our security, I listen. They are world renowned for their work with our defense community.

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I have been on the fence ever since Fufeng became the cause célèbre in Grand Forks. I was pushed over to the anti-Fufeng side when General Atomics came out publicly and said it was a bad idea. I’m not a national security expert, barely a novice. In fact, no one has ever consulted me in matters pertaining to the security of our country, or even the darkened streets of our small towns. But when a company the likes of General Atomics comes out and states something is bad for our security, I listen. They are world renowned for their work with our defense community. They develop technologies that our country depends on to defend itself against the countries who would do us harm. And they do a pretty good job of it. If they have concerns about China or any other country absconding with the secrets that keep us safe, then I do, too.

I give a lot of credit to anyone who serves in an elected capacity for their local community. To harass them only goes to alienate folks on both sides on an issue. This was a contributing factor in my fence straddling this long. Birds of a feather and all that.

Paraphrasing an old saying, “I don’t know what I don’t know.” I don’t know what the council knows. I don’t know what Fufeng knows. And I don’t know what General Atomic knows. I do know that when there is this much controversy, it may be time to change course. Take the financial hit to cut ties with Fufeng and move on. The thought of jeopardizing the security of our nation negates any positive financial gains there may be for Grand Forks or its citizens.

Mayor Bochenski effected change in 2019 by purchasing land which brought the construction of apartment buildings near his residential property to a halt. He was well within his rights to do so. He may now be able to effect change once again. This time for the community as a whole. And if General Atomics is correct, perhaps for the country as well.

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